Asparagus with Raspberry-Shallot Vinaigrette

Asparagus with Raspberry-Shallot Vinaigrette

Believe it or not, etiquette dictates that asparagus be eaten with your hands. Even if you choose to use a fork, keep it simple when you serve asparagus so its true flavor comes through; I think it is beautifully complemented by this warm-weather raspberry vinaigrette.
Note: If the asparagus are particularly thick, make sure to peel the bottom thirds of the spears, otherwise you’ll have a mouth full of fibrous, woody bits.–Curtis Stone

Asparagus with Raspberry-Shallot Vinaigrette

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  • Serves 4
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Fill a large frying pan with salted water and bring it to a boil. Trim off the woody portion of the asparagus spears, and place the asparagus in the boiling water. Sprinkle with salt and cook for 2 minutes, or until the asparagus is crisp-tender. Drain. Submerge the asparagus in a large bowl of ice-cold water to cool it completely. Drain again, and dry the asparagus with paper towels.
In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar and shallots and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow to cool. Strain the vinegar into a bowl, reserving the shallots separately.
Slowly add the grapeseed oil and olive oil to the vinegar, whisking constantly to blend. Whisk in the parsley, and season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper to taste.
Arrange the asparagus on plates, and pour the vinaigrette over it. Garnish with the reserved shallots, and serve.
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Recipe Testers Reviews

Today I found that raspberry and asparagus go well together. I liked the shallot-infused raspberry vinaigrette and the bonus of the almost-pickled shallots scattered on top of the dish. Just a handful of ingredients, but it works. If I were to make two changes, it would be to substitute fresh mint or thyme for the parsley in the vinaigrette and to grill the asparagus. I will just have to do that next time!


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    1. Ali, we were sorta surprised—not to mention relieved!—when we read that finger trick, too. Who’d a thunk it? I mean, it’s not like Miss Manners said it, but as long as someone said it, I’m willing to take it as gospel. And you’re quite welcome.

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